Boochever to give talk tomorrow at State Historical Library

Annie Boochever of Juneau will kick off the Alaska State Historical Library’s summer author series with a presentation about her book, “Bristol Bay Summer.”

Boochever will speak at noon on Thursday at the library, located on the 8th floor of the State Office Building. Boochever’s novel is based on her own experiences in Bristol Bay as a young mother, but is told through the perspective of her daughter. (For more on Boochever’s book, visit

The second speaker will be Ryan Tucker Jones of University of Auckland, New Zealand, who will speak at noon on June 12 on his book “Empire of Extinction: Russians and the North Pacific’s Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867.” The book describes how the Russians implemented effective conservation measures as early as 1802, based on natural history rather than economic assessments, in an attempt to reverse the catastrophic environmental damage brought on by fur mammal hunting and trading.

Ross Coen, a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, will speak July 10 on his book “Owning the Ocean: Alaska Fishermen and the Japanese ‘Invasion’ of Bristol Bay, 1937-1938.” His talk will touch on how Alaskans in the 1930s interacted with and understood salmon and the physical environment of Bristol Bay, as well as the conceptual nature of ocean borders, and diplomatic discourse on the eve of the Second World War.

The lectures are free and open to the public.


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